Escaping water dampens building materials such as wood or insulating materials, softens and
destroys furniture, clothing, books and electrical and electronic devices such as televisions or
even cell phones.
While water usually destroys electronic devices immediately, the damage to materials such as
wood, paper and textiles depends on the amount of water and especially on the exposure time
of this water. These materials swell due to prolonged exposure to water and are therefore
unusable. In addition, mold forms on the surface of wet organic materials.
A quickly recognized water damage, even with a large amount of leaked water, is therefore
regularly less harmful than small but undetected amounts of water that could affect materials
over a very long period of time.